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Patients of Antelope Memorial Hospital will soon benefit from the latest computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology. The new 64-slice CT scanner is made possible through a grant, totaling $400,000, awarded to AMH from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
“CT scanners provide essential diagnostic images of structures inside the body,” said Rhonda Novak, AMH Radiology Director. “Our new scanner will offer a greater variety of CT scans to be performed at AMH while greatly improving patient care. It will empower our medical staff to assess, diagnose and treat our patients more quickly ‒ right here at AMH. Whenever the medical needs of our patients are met close-to-home ‒ it benefits both the patient and his/her family as well as local communities ‒ economically.”
“We are honored and grateful to the Helmsley Charitable Trust to be chosen as a grant recipient,” said Jack Green, AMH Administrator. “This level of generosity provides Antelope Memorial Hospital the ability to continue to offer patients the most advanced diagnostic imaging technology ‒ right here at home.”
Antelope Memorial Hospital is one of 41 grant recipients across the region to benefit from this round of funding to purchase CT scanners. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program has granted over $30 million to support the purchase of new 32-slice or higher CT scanners at Critical Access Hospitals in a seven-state region.
Arriving in May, the new 64-slice scanner provides faster scan times and higher quality imaging, added Novak. It takes 64 images per rotation as compared to 16 images that our current scanner offers while reducing radiation to the patient.
All members of AMH’s Radiology Department will receive special training to operate the new scanner.